(Image courtesy baltimoresun.com, game information courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, ESPN.com, stats courtesy of teamrankings.com)
A lot of times. I’ll mentally write the game recap well before the game is played. The same goes for this game – why in the hell was this game even scheduled? Morgan State is not a good team (the line is OSU -27.5), an win won’t necessarily enhance OSU’s standing and there is the possibility of one or more payers (looking at you, Andre) being injured. Maybe this game is a placeholder for the Buckeyes between the Kent State game on November 25th and the upcoming game , December 4th, against North Carolina.
The Brothers Wesson had quite the evening. In 39 minutes of combined playing time, they totaled 32 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists. Andre had an incredible evening. In his Game of Perfection©, he was 4-4 from the field, all 3-pointers and 7-7 from the free throw line.
Morgan State got off to a 4 point lead one minute into the game. One minute later, OSU’s deficit was 1 point. Eighteen seconds later, Ohio State took a 7-6 lead, and never lost it. At the midpoint of the first half, OSU was up 11, 21-10. With 1:37 remaining in the half, the Buckeyes were up by 30, 46-16. The teams hit intermission at 45-18.
Morgan State played much better offensively in the second half, scoring 39 points on 48% shooting. As good as that was, they couldn’t keep pace with Ohio State’s 45 second half points on 47% shooting. Danny Hummer had the honor of scoring the Buckeyes’ last points of the game with a 3-pointer with 1:21 remaining to end the scoring, 90-57.
The Buckeyes had three players in double figures. Andre Wesson had 19 points, Kaleb Wesson had 13 and CJ Walker had 10. Twelve of the thirteen players scored for Ohio State. Kaleb grabbed a team high 8 rebounds with Andre and Alonzo Gaffney each 7. Kaleb and CJ each had 2 assists.
The Bears had one player in double figures. Stanley Davis, Jr. had 13 points. That’s it. Troy Baxter, Jr. had 8 rebounds and Isiah Burke had 2 assists.
Ohio State shot 47% from the field (30-63), 36% (9-25) from 3-point range and 81% (21-26) from the foul line.
Morgan State shot 37% (21-56) from the field, 18% (2-11) from 3-point range and 65% (13-20) from the foul line.
What Went Right
Pretty much everything. The offense was efficient and balanced. Ohio State had only three players in double figures but everyone who played, but for one player, Harrison Hookfin, scored. Harrison had no FG nor FT shots in his playing time, so that’s understandable. Scroll through the box score, below, you see how it happened. The nine players who scored in single digits accounted for 48 points, over 5 points apiece. That’s a lot of chipping in for the team effort.
Bench play was again solid. This number is skewed quite a bit due to Andre Wesson’s performance, but still… In 111 minutes of the 200 minutes of game time, the non-starters accounted for 44 points, 27 rebounds and 5 assists.
Team defense continues to be stellar, particularly in the first half. They held Morgan State to 26% shooting in the first half. They forced more turnovers (9) than allowed field goals (7) in the half.
They won, again. That always counts for something.
Morgan State was able to run some well executed back-door cuts against an aggressive/unawares Ohio State. Some layups were made, some weren’t, but this will provide some valuable film and skill (situation awareness) teaching points for coaches.
Morgan State box score:
Ohio State box score:
- Andre Wesson’s stat line is interesting. His team high seven FT attempts showed that in addition to his long range accuracy he was willing to grub it up with some inside play. His team high 4 offensive rebounds confirm this.
- I was encouraged by Justin Ahrens’ play. He scored only 4 points in 1-4 shooting, but had 2 offensive rebounds and an assist. Defensively, he wasn’t afraid to take a charging foul.
- Ohio State was much more efficient in points-off-turnovers. They scored 25 points off 15 Mastodon turnovers. They limited Morgan State to 1 point off 10 OSU turnovers.
- Ohio State’s offensive rebounding looked good with a rebounding rate of 39%. For the season, it’s 32%. Last year, it was 26%. Now, it has to continue through Conference play.
- We have a limited non-con schedule data set, but through this point in the season according to teamrankings.com, Ohio State leads the nation in average scoring margin at 25.6 ppg. They finished last season with a margin of 2.9 ppg, so clearly conference and tournament play has a significant impact.
The Buckeyes travel to the Dan Smith Center to play the North Carolina Tarheels on December 4th. Tip-off is set for 9:30 pm ET. You can watch the game on ESPN or listen to it on TuneIn. Or both.